Controlled/ Prescribed Burn of the Prairie April 9, 2018

The Friends completed an official Burn Plan and held a controlled burn of the 5 acre prairie on April 9. The purpose is to burn off dead plant material from the previous year, and non prairie plants that have started to grow. The ash provides nutrients for the prairie grasses and wildflowers, which start growth later. The fire also damages or kills invasive shrubs. The goal is to restore native southern Ontario prairie ecosystem here, which is threatened and rare in the province. The burn will be held every 2 years. The park was closed for the morning. A team
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Meeting of the Friends Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee of the Friends of Malcolmson Eco-Park will meet on May 15 at 6 pm. Location – Recreation Services, City of St. Catharines, 320 Geneva St. For info, call Ilyse Norton at 905-688-5601 ext3140. Visitors welcome.
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Earth Day 2018 and Annual Native Plant Sale

Our Annual Earth Day Volunteer day and Native Plant Sale on April 21 was a big success! The Sun Shone Too! The Friends of Malcolmson thank all the volunteers who came out to plant wildflowers, shrubs and trees, helped mulch and cleanup gardens. Special thanks to Landcare Niagara for donating 450 pollinator plants and bringing volunteers to help plant them in our prairie. When you walk in the park this summer, look for milkweeds, brown eyed susans, New England asters and others that are food and habitat for butterflies, bees and birds. A big thanks to the Scout groups who
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Thanks to TD grant for pollinator gardens

With help from a generous TD Friends of the Environment grant, we planted dozens of wildflowers and grasses that attract pollinators in the prairie this year. In July and August, the yellow and purple blooms were a great splash of colour and full of bees, wasps, butterflies and birds. We also created 2 pollinator gardens near the park entrance, that showcase the importance of these native plants for the community. Sincere thanks to TD Friends of the Environment for their support.! With the focus on plants that encourage pollinators, our annual Earth Day Plant Sale sold out of them rapidly!
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Governor Simcoe Students Help Plant Native Plants

On October 21, students from Governor Simcoe High School environmental group, led by Jocelyn Black and teacher Joanne, joined the Friends to plant native shrubs and wildflowers in the prairie area of the park. Councillor Mike Britton (centre) also took part in the planting, and on this his first visit, he said he had learned a lot about park history and goals. The Friends and the student group  hope to have an ongoing partnership that gives the students volunteer hours, and promotes native species in our community.
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City Donates 20 Bur Oaks to the Park

On November 16, the City of St. Catharines, with help from interested community members, will plant 20 Bur Oak trees in the Park. Anyone in the community is invited to help.These trees were left after the October community tree giveaway event, and will now beautify our nature park. Bur Oaks are a significant native tree, providing food and habitat for birds and mammals. Several will be planted in the Learning Area near the entrance from Lakeshore Rd. and others in the edge and woods areas. Why not take a stroll through the park this fall to enjoy the trees and
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Earth Day 2017 a Big Success!

A huge thank you to everyone who came to our Earth Day plant sale, and who volunteered with planting, mulching, raking  stone and cleanup at the park! We also thank the volunteers at the plant sale, and those leading the activities! Continuing Malcolmson Eco-Park is made possible by all of you! We especially thank Mike Anderson who has been the City representative working with the Friends Advisory Committee since 1992. He has been very supportive and contributed immensely to the creation and development of the park. We will miss him and wish him well in retirement! Groups that participated on
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New Studies on the Forest and Water Bodies!

2 teams of students from Niagara College, under the leadership of Josh Diamond, acting Chair of the Friends, have completed studies on the forest, and on the water bodies at the park. This is the first time that such inventories have been done, and will provide vital data to create a baseline for understanding the characteristics and health of these parts of the park. For a summary of the study findings, please see the latest issue, #18 of the Pin Oak newsletter. Congratulations and thanks to Josh and his team!  
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Port Weller School Enviro Club at the Park

           On Tuesday Feb. 7, the birds that live in Malcolmson Eco-Park were treated to pine cones covered with lard and seeds to add to their winter food supply. The Port Weller School enviro club made and hung these pine cones in the Learning Area section. Then, they took an hour walk through the park, led by their teachers Katie and Sue. They asked lots of questions, and were very observant of animal and bird habitat, and tree species. Its great to see that they are learning a lot about the natural world. We have invited their club to join in
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